Winston Salem, NC: Collections Archivist, Wake Forest University

Collections Archivist, Special Collections & Archives
Wake Forest University
Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Special Collections & Archives (Z. Smith Reynolds Library) seeks a full-time Collections Archivist who will provide leadership in the management of the Department’s collections and will oversee and coordinate their arrangement, description, and access in all formats. The Collections Archivist will review, accession, appraise, process, and arrange archival materials and create finding aids and other descriptive metadata for the Department’s collections according to professional standards and guidelines.

Special Collections & Archives serves as a research repository for rare, unique, and primary source materials in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Special Collections and Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to a wide range of primary research materials in their original formats. The Department is the repository for all Wake Forest University records of permanent historical value and also houses the Library’s manuscripts collections and the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection.

This is a twelve-month position, with Library Faculty status, and reports to the Director of Special Collections & Archives.

Selection preference will be given to candidates with: ability to work productively, both independently and with a team; ability to manage projects; ability to supervise students and interns; strong commitment to public service; flexibility to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape of information services in an academic library; excellent communication, research and writing skills; excellent collaboration skills and working knowledge of relevant intellectual property rights.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or Master’s degree in history with an archives specialization with a minimum of one to two years of experience in processing collections in an archives or special collections environment.

Salary and Rank: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum $48,000. The position is appointed to a Library Faculty rank as established by Wake Forest University. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials.

Review of applications begins July 1, and continues until the position is filled.   Interested applicants should go to and submit cover letter, resume and references within the online system.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library, with a collection of over 1.7 million volumes, materials expenditures of over $4 million, and an operating budget of over $8 million, serves over 4,300 undergraduates and 2,200 graduate and professional students within the Wake Forest Schools of Business and Accountancy, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wake Forest Divinity School.  Wake Forest is a private university where academic excellence is consistently recognized through rankings in the top tier of the country’s finest liberal arts institutions.  Wake Forest offers a rare combination – the academic and technological resources, facilities and Division I athletic programs associated with a large university with the compact campus, small classes and individual attention only a smaller school can provide. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.”  The university is beautifully located between the western mountains and east coast beaches of North Carolina.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


Source: Thanks to Tanya Z-B. for this one!

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